"Everything around me seems so ordinary compared to other people/places around the world. What can I do to create original, different, out-of-the-ordinary work?" This question, asked of a fellow photographer, spurred Stuart Sipahigil to write the Craft&Vision ebook, Close to Home: Finding Great Photography in Your Own Back Yard (2010). He encourages us to slow down and take a deeper look at what we know. From observing light to changing weather to being a stranger in your home town, he offers specific insight and exercises for finding and elevating the ordinary. TAKE AWAYS: (1) The extraordinary is already there; you just have to see it.